Thursday 5 March 2009

April TGO: Stephenson's Warmlite & Wild Walks

The April issue of TGO, just out, has my review of an interesting single skin tent, Stephenson’s Warmlite 2X, and two accounts of hill walks in the Wild Walks section; a winter crossing of the Cairngorm Plateau to Ben Macdui and a spring round of the Munros west of the Drumochter Pass. In the gear front there’s also an entertaining story about the curiously ice axe-like ULA Helix Potty Trowel by Eddy Meechan, a trawl through a large selection of lightweight three-season boots by John Manning and a look at heavyweight base layers that double as insulation by Judy Armstrong. Away from gear there are features on Dan Bailey’s top ten Scottish ridge scrambles (but no Liathach, no Sgor an Lochain Uaine/Cairn Toul, two of my favourites), and a ski tour in the Vanoise by Judy Armstrong, which brought back memories as that was where I made my first overseas ski tour many years ago.

And in case anyone wonders the tent in the little picture on page three under “what have the tgo team been up to” is the Tarptent Scarp 1 taken on the same trip as described in my post for February 10, A Camp In The Snow.

Photo info: The Stephenson’s Warmlite 2X pitched beside Loch na Creitheach on the Isle of Skye. Ricoh GR-D, 1/160@F6.3, ISO 100, raw file converted to JPEG in Lightroom 2.

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